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Judge Lucy Koh Rejects Apple's Quest For Anti-Samsung Injunction

creimer Re:I don't understand the injunction (30 comments)

IIRC, Samsung won an injunction against older Apple products that were no longer being sold. The legal version of tit-for-tat.

yesterday
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Judge Lucy Koh Rejects Apple's Quest For Anti-Samsung Injunction

creimer Apple's Quest (30 comments)

I wasn't aware that you could take a quest in a court of law. The judge must have rolled the dice before making that ruling.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

creimer Re:Classics (367 comments)

You forgot Mahjong.

yesterday
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

creimer Re:Death threats? (1177 comments)

I was a member of a church where I routinely received death threats from other members. Since I was the "low bar" for spirituality that other members compared themselves (i.e., "I may be in sin, but I'm not a sinner like THAT guy"), my repentenance always made some members angry because I raised the bar for them. The church leadership routinely dismissed my complaints and I was frequently called a liar.

That changed when I confronted members threatening me by looking them in the eyes and telling them that I would kill in self-defense. These members thought I was bluffing and backed off when I invited them to take it outside. The leadership took my threat seriously, as I was scaring the crap out of people. I was eventually kicked out of the church and told to get counseling.

yesterday
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

creimer Re:Nobody (154 comments)

A computer instructor in 1992 told my class that computers won't ever need more than 4GB (the 32-bit memory limit). IIRC, 8MB was the norm back then.

yesterday
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

creimer Re:Oh, really? (256 comments)

A friend of my was involved in a road rage incident while in standstill traffic at night. The guy up ahead pulled out a crowbar and started walking back. My friend took his camera out of the glovebox, took a picture of the guy and the license plate on his truck. The flash on the camera going off may have stunned the guy, as he backed away and got back into his truck without further incident.

2 days ago
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

creimer Re:My advice...RUN! (119 comments)

Three years after being a video game tester, I became a lead tester for another three years. Recognizing that it was dead end job, I went back to college to get an associate degree in commputer programming. After I got my I.T. certifications, I was branded as "not being a team player" since I had an exit strategy. Not long after I left to pursue a career in help desk support, the company got delisted from the stock market, traded on pink sheets, and became a private company. All my former coworkers got fired.

2 days ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

creimer I read the title as... (126 comments)

GCC Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

Something else for Linus Torvalds to complain about after GCC 4.9.0. :/

2 days ago
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

creimer Re:Incredibly wise advice (119 comments)

If you're a tech contractor, you may very well get fired tomorrow. Prior to the Great Recession, I used to change jobs every three years. My last three jobs each ended after nine months. My current job is a one-year contract, but my employment is in jepoardy because someone complained that my pants were wrinkled were last week. My newest resume is already on the job search websites. Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

3 days ago
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

creimer Re:Incredibly wise advice (119 comments)

Mod up. Cynical, no doubt. But very true. Good advice if you plan to become a grumpy programmer.

3 days ago
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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

creimer Re:Oh Lord (105 comments)

Or downloading one CD over a 56K modem took a better part of a week?

3 days ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

creimer Nothing to see here, move along... (133 comments)

I didn't feel the earthquake in San Jose, which is further south than Sunnyvale. The real fun begins when the East Coast media starts running stories about how California is sliding into the ocean. CNN once did a story about a minor 3.0 quake in Los Angeles by showing a grocery store surveillance tape with nothing falling off the shelves as the camera shook from being mounted on the wall. Most Californians don't even notice quake unless its 5.0 or higher.

5 days ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

creimer Being Educated Mentally Retarded (243 comments)

I was misdiagnosed as mentally retarded when I was kindergarten due to hearing lost in one ear that wasn't diagnosed until years later. I traveled around the county in little yellow school buses, and puking my guts out every morning from motion sickness, to attend special ed classes. For six years in a row, I blew out the evaluation exams on the genius side of the scale and told each time that it was statistical fluke.The school system made three times more money from mentally retarded students. From the first through eight grades, I was told I was an idiot.

I didn't bother to go to high school. Spent four years at home teaching myself from a personal library of 400 books, reading newspapers and news magazines, and watching documentaries on public television. Learning what I wanted to learn with a wide-ranging curiosity.

After working with my father in construction for a few years, I enrolled in the adult re-entry program at the local community college. With a fifth-grade math and writing skills, and a college-level reading comprehension, it took me four years to get my associate degree in general education. I had trouble getting level-entry jobs because I didn't have a high school diploma.

A decade later I went back to the community college to earn an associate degree in computer programming. Uncle Sam picked up the tab with a $3,000 USD tax credit to change careers. That took five years going part-time while working 80 hours per week as a lead video game tester. I made the president's list for maintaining a 4.0 GPA in my major when I graduated.

Some people still think I'm an idiot to this day.

about a week ago
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Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

creimer Re:Two things I'm certain of... (59 comments)

[...] a stupid (by Autonomy standards) but ordinary (by Silicon Valley takeover standards) offer.

I worked at a video game company that went on a spending spree prior to the dot com bust. Only later did upper management realized that they paid two to four times the actual value of each takeover. Crap in, crap out.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

creimer Re:I've been in your position (246 comments)

I did a PC refresh project where I came upon a cubicle that had 40+ half-filled cups of coffee with mold growing at different stages. After consulting with my project manager, the user didn't get a new computer and the daily report noted why. Both the user and the moldy cups got the boot shortly thereafter.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

creimer Re:Tell me more, tell me more (246 comments)

Boring as hell. NSA people lived uninteresting lives. No wonder they're spying on the rest of America.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

creimer Ignore everything except child pornography... (246 comments)

You can pretty much ignore everything around you that doesn't violate company policies. Except child pornography. I did a PC refresh project at a local hospital when my coworker came across child pornography on a workstation. He reported it to our supervisor. Together they reported it security. They each had separate meetings with the security chief and the hospital attorney.

The worker -- a high-level administrator -- freaked out when he didn't get a new computer and his old computer sat on his desk without the hard drive. We stonewalled him on what happened to the hard drive, as security confiscated the hard drive as evidence. He spent a whole day running around like a chicken with his head cut off, unable to do any work and no one saying anything to him. Police were waiting for him the next morning. Because this was a hospital that had a reputation to protect, the news media didn't report on the case.

about a month ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

creimer Re:partly as a result, work culture is also haphaz (135 comments)

My new job is like that. A 90-minute training session goes on for three hours. Most of the trainers are working from home as all the new contractors are working on site. They're comfortable with kids and dogs running underfoot at home. Like most tech companies where everyone has worked for a long time (eight or more years), there's no documentation and key work knowledge are locked away in people's head.

about a month ago

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China Brushes Out Distinctive Hues of Names

creimer creimer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

creimer writes "The New York Times is reporting that some Chinese citizens will have to change their name for the new identity cards.

"The bureau's computers, however, are programmed to read only 32,252 of the roughly 55,000 Chinese characters, according to a 2006 government report. The result is that Miss Ma and at least some of the 60 million other Chinese with obscure characters in their names cannot get new cards — unless they change their names to something more common.""

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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Christopher D. Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting the death of John W. Backus, 82, creator of the FORTRAN programming language. From the article: 'Mr. Backus and his youthful team, then all in their 20s and 30s, devised a programming language that resembled a combination of English shorthand and algebra. Fortran, short for Formula Translator, was very similar to the algebraic formulas that scientists and engineers used in their daily work. With some training, they were no longer dependent on a programming priesthood to translate their science and engineering problems into a language a computer would understand.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that only one percent of web pages are sexually explict. From the article: 'A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Microsoft's giant Internet indices showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material. [...] The ACLU said the analysis, by Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, did not appear to substantially help the Department of Justice in its effort to prove that criminal penalties are necessary to protect minors from exposure to sexually explicit information on the Internet.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting a federal investigation of the the Venezuelan owners of Smartmatic Corporation, a voting software company, and whether the anti-U.S. government is trying to influence the U.S. midterm elections. According to the article: 'Government officials familiar with the Smartmatic inquiry said they doubted that even if the Chávez government was some kind of secret partner in the company, it would try to influence elections in the United States. But some of them speculated that the purchase of Sequoia could help Smartmatic sell its products in Latin America and other developing countries, where safeguards against fraud are weaker.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "Call me an old fart but I been trying to find a brand new manual typewriter at a reasonable price so I can fulfill my Hemingway fantasy of writing on a typewriter and drinking a shot between pages. (The MacBook is nice but falls a bit short in the fantasy department.) There seem to be only one model from two different vendors (the MS 25 from Olivetti and Royal). Does anyone know if there are other manual typewriters available?"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The BBC is reporting that the American Bluegills fish is being used as an early warning system for dangerous substances in the local water supply. From the article: 'A small number of fish are kept in tanks which are constantly filled with water from the municipal supply. The computerised system registers changes in the fishes' vital signs and sends an alert when something is wrong. Since 11 September 2001, the US government has taken the threat of attacks on water supplies seriously.'"

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